Before a tremor made it impossible for me to jot notes, I captured insights on index cards for future reference. Thoughts that had special resonance—passages that lit my heart and mind—crabbed across the card in different color inks. The colored inks had no significance, except to separate thoughts and verses for easier consumption.
This practice was my response to my husband’s challenge to be a good steward of what Jesus showed me. Roger said that we usually think of stewardship as related to time and money. He encouraged me to be a good steward of what God revealed. These cards were my attempt to preserve and revisit insights that might otherwise be forgotten. Although I now rarely add new material, I still sometimes grab a rubber-banded stack to feed off of on walks or when I suspect delays.
Yesterday I rotated through some cards while waiting for an appointment. One card in particular stirred me. In penmanship already portending disintegration, I had written verses and titled the card: JESUS MADE TO BE SIN FOR US. The verses stood alone, without comment, powerful.
II Corinthians 5:21 “God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.”
I Peter 3:18. “For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God”
Isaiah 53:5-6 “— But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.”
Romans 4:25 “He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.”
Heat rises from these verses. Grouped together like this, the roots burrow deep into redemption and sacrifice and judgment and victory and grace and unthinkable mercy. This is a card and a glory that I want to revisit again and again.
Live the mystery.